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A girl with a stomach for sweets and action.

"Woo Woo!"
— Etta's signature Catchphrase

Etta Candy is a DC Comics character created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, who first appeared in Sensation Comics #2 (dated February, 1942).

Etta is Diana's best friend and plucky sidekick in her many adventures. Generally, she is a tough, fun-loving, proudly heavyset lady who loves to eat candy (it's in her name, after all) and will always come to Wonder Woman's aid when needed.

The character has received numerous interpretations over the years. Pre-Crisis, she was a college student who led the Holliday Girls, a sorority devoted to Wonder Woman. Post-Crisis, she was married to Steve Trevor (and hyphenated her name to Etta Candy-Trevor) and is a snarky Air Force lieutenant colonel. Etta's current post-Flashpoint and Rebirth characterization is vastly rewritten, as a tough Black woman who works with Diana and Steve.


Etta has appeared in numerous media over the years, most notably the 1975 television series, where she was played by Beatrice Colen and the 2017 feature film where she was portrayed by Lucy Davis.

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For tropes relating specifically to her The Legend of Wonder Woman iteration see here, for her original Earth-Two Golden Age iteration see here, and for her DC Extended Universe iteration see here.

  • Action Girl: During the Golden Age she was this, being possibly the most capable non-superpowered fighter of Wonder Woman's supporting cast. When Robert Kanigher took over as writer he gradually turned her into a Damsel in Distress instead. Other elements of this Chickification was later reverted Post-Crisis, during George Perez's reboot, where she's a military brat.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the Golden Age Etta Candy was a boisterous overweight short woman, who loved a good fight and leapt at chances to beat up Nazis. In the Silver Age she was reimagined as a thin conventionally attractive woman who tended to end up a Damsel in Distress.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the Golden Age, she wasn't known for her smarts but modern stories show her as a capable and smart military personnel.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Etta is strongly implied to be a lesbian, complete with some light Ship Teasing with the aforementioned Barbara. Etta was exclusively depicted as straight prior to this, and even ended up marrying Steve Trevor in the post-Crisis continuity. This also seems to be true of the alternate universe version of Etta from Grant Morrison's Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novels, who is very intrigued to learn about Themyscira.
    Etta: So let me get this straight. You're from a paradise island of science fiction lesbians? With a side of bondage? Honey, I'll drink to that! Woo woo!
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She had either red or blonde hair in the earlier comics. Now, she's shown as a brunette, due to being African-American.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Pre-Crisis, Earth One (she's intrigued by Wonder Woman's stories of Themyscira, an island full of women, but is put off by their attitudes as it "spoil[s] [her] fantasy") and Rebirth. Subverted in recent stories, as she's portrayed as gay.
  • Badass Normal: When Gail Simone is writing her. She manages to effectively blackmail Director Steel with his substance abuse habits in one of her first appearances.
  • Band Geek: In the Golden Age a number of the Holliday Girls were in the band, and Etta Candy was a sousaphone player who took band very seriously.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The Golden Age Etta is a short fat girl band geek, who is always carting around a box of candy and cracking jokes. She also has a long record of fighting Nazis and evil aliens while unarmed and winning, spying for the US Government, is a decent pilot, good shot, and is nearly as good with a lasso as Diana. People underestimate her constantly, which she uses gleefully to her advantage.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: With a loving personality in spite of her rotund appearance, this is implied.
  • Big Eater: Due to having a sweet tooth.
  • Big Fun: Lovable overweight woman with a happy, bubbly and goofy personality.
  • The Big Guy: Golden Age. While Etta Candy was not the strongest nor biggest of the trio consisting of she Wondy and Steve that dealt with most villains, she was the one who would confidently charge in and fight rather than try for sneakiness like Steve or talking the villains down or pretending to be captured in order to learn more about their opponents. For this reason she was often kept back to charge in once Steve and Diana's attempts at a less violent solution failed.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: During the Golden Age. Combining a extroverted personality, comic relief and brawls.
  • Brainy Brunette: Thanks to Adaptation Dye-Job, Etta now has black hair and is someone with more knowledge in other fields.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever Etta became excited or agitated, she always shouted her trademark catch phrase "Woo-Woo!", which was later explained as a sorority thing. Readers in the 1940s would recognize this as a reference to the now-forgotten comedian Hugh Herbert.
  • Chickification: When Robert Kanigher took over as writer after Marston's death a lot of her "non womanly" strengths were either downplayed or portrayed as flaws. When H. G. Peter died too Kanigher took the chance to retool Wonder Woman entirely (into what became her Earth-1 incarnation) and made Etta a conventionally 50's feminine (in both appearance and mannerism) Damsel in Distress whose only remaining character trait was liking candy.
  • Colonel Badass: George Perez and Gail Simone turned her into one. Greg Rucka reinserted it during Rebirth, portraying Etta as having become Steve Trevor's superior by the modern day.
  • Cowgirl: She's often depicted as one in the Golden Age, particularly in western-themed stories where she visits her family ranch in Texas, she's seen wearing a cowboy hat and boots. She also wore cowboy boots in Superman & Batman: Generations and The Legend of Wonder Woman.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While Etta Candy is a part of most Golden Age tales she's the main character of "Etta Candy and Her Holliday Girls: The Toothache" in which Diana only makes an appearance for a couple of panels and the story is focused on Etta.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Etta will snark at every opportunity, and she delivers her snark with a straight face. Her favorite target is, and always has been, Steve Trevor, who never seems to adjust enough to expect it.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though appearing less frequently in the Silver and Bronze Age, Etta was a recurring presence in Wonder Woman's supporting cast throughout both periods.
  • Depending on the Artist: Etta's hair color has shifted back and forth from being red and blonde in her various (Pre-Flashpoint) appearances, while her height and weight are also subject to vary.
  • Dude Magnet: Wondy's best friend off her home island—attracts quite a few male admirers mostly without trying or particularly caring, though she has dated a number of them. While she's not considered conventionally attractive she's buxom, outgoing, confident and a great fighter which many men have found attractive.
  • Fat and Proud: Golden Age Etta Candy is quite plump and very happy with her body, being even more confident than Diana and calling out anyone who tries to get her to feel bad about the way she looks. Those who try to make fun of her for it are soundly decked. During the George Perez run, she has a mini-arc revolving around body image and she notes that Wonder Woman is an unrealistic physical ideal for her to pursue — and being a soldier, she's also philosophically unrealistic for her, too.
  • Fat Best Friend: She was originally introduced as a Type A sidekick during the 1940s-1950s. She became more a Type B in the Silver Age, but has mostly been restored to her original personality in modern comics, with an alteration to her sexuality.
  • Fiery Redhead: In the early comics, Etta had orange hair and a outgoing personality.
  • Genius Bruiser: In recent works, Etta has shown to have advanced hand-to-hand combat and an expert tactician.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In Post-Crisis, Legend of Wonder Woman and Earth One stories.
  • The Leader: Etta Candy is the leader of the Holliday Girls, a group of young women usually numbering at least 30 who hunt down and fight Nazi spies and aliens and look for missing persons when they're not busy with school or work.
  • Meaningful Name: Etta Candy is a Big Eater with a Sweet Tooth.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Etta is a Badass Normal woman who is one of the closest friends to the Semi-Divine superhero, Wonder Woman.
  • Nazi Hunter: In the Golden comics, Etta hunted down Nazis.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: During the Golden Age. She was about half Wonder Woman's height, but could knock out groups of armed criminals/nazis with just her fists.
  • The Prankster: In The Golden Age of Comic Books Etta was a notorious prankster who drove her college professors mad. She stepped back the number and intensity of her pranks when one on some freshmen nearly turned deadly.
  • Race Lift: Post-Flashpoint, she was redesigned to be a thinner, black woman and modeled after Traci Thoms' appearance in the rejected pilot for NBC. After Rebirth, she returned to being well-built, but remained black.
  • Real Women Have Curves: In the '40s Etta was notable for being not the slightest bit insecure, and frequently important to the plot; although still serving as Plucky Comic Relief. Since the dawn of the Silver Age, her rare reappearances usually either depict her as insecure, or else emphasize her ability to take of herself status while slimming her down a fair bit. However, The Legend Of Wonder Woman miniseries has finally returned her original personality, with some modern polish that's actually quite appealing. During Perez's run, she started out overweight, but since she was a soldier, she decided to exercise more. Realistically, she didn't become slim; rather, she was a stocky muscle girl.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Post-Crisis. Since the 1987 revamp, Etta has been romantically linked with, and eventually married to Steve Trevor, who is no longer Diana's love interest.
  • Sidekick: Of Wonder Woman. Mostly in the Golden Age.
  • Sudden Name Change: Has had her middle name vary from being "Marie" to "Olive". In the Earth One story her name is changed to Beth instead.
  • Sweet Tooth: As the name might suggest, Etta tends to love sugary food and drink. Her very first appearance has her eating a whole box of chocolate.
  • Weight Woe:
    • In the Golden Age, when Diana had mentioned to Etta the benefits of losing weight, Etta had made a compromise with Diana. If she lost ten pounds and felt better about herself, she'd lose fifty more. By the story's end, Etta had lost her ten pounds but was unhappy, so she simply asked Diana for her candy back.
    • Post-Crisis under George Perez, she was overweight but being in the military, turned fat into muscle, resulting in a stocky frame. Post-George Perez, however, Etta suffered from anorexia for a while. Feeling insecure about her weight, Etta developed an eating disorder that was kept secret from her friends. She was able to lose 20 pounds, but at the expense of her health. When she finally collapsed due to a lack of food in front of Wonder Woman while trying on wedding gowns, Diana advised her to take better care of herself and maintain a sensible diet. Since that time Etta has gained her original weight back.

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